The world’s largest cricket stadium, Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat will now be known as ‘Narendra Modi Stadium’. Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the new name at the opening ceremony of the stadium ahead of the third Test between India and England.
He announced that the government has made such a facility here, that in 6 months, biggest gaming clashes like Commonwealth, Asiad and Olympics can be played here. He said that Ahmedabad will now become the Sports City of India and it was the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Gujarat CM, which is now fulfilled.
The New Stadium has been developed as the largest and most high-tech stadium in the world. The first international match will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium today, 24 February 2021. It is going to start with the 3rd match of the Test match series between India and England.
The total capacity of audience in this stadium is 1,32,000, but due to the Corona pandemic, 50 per cent spectators have been allowed in this match. Before Motera, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was the largest cricket stadium in the world. This stadium at Ahmedabad is spread over 63 acres and it has taken nearly 800 crores to build it.
The stadium has 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms and three practice grounds. It is the first stadium in the world with four dressing rooms simultaneously. A modern engineering system is installed here to drain out rain water quickly. It can drain out and water to make the ground playable in just 30 minutes. A special LED light has also been installed here for day-night matches.
“It is equivalent to 32 football stadiums of Olympic size,” said the information released by the Press Information Bureau. The ground was closed for renovation in 2015. Many experts, including Australian architect firm Populous, who designed the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) were involved in its construction. It has 11 pitches made of red and black soil. It is the only stadium in the world which has the same soil on the main and practice pitches.